Executive Desk Fall Wrap 2017 Print

President's Report

Beth Allshouse, MAESP President

Our MAESP Annual Conference planning is in full swing! We hope that you have saved the dates on your calendar, March 15-17, and that you are able to join us for some learning and relaxation in beautiful Cambridge, Maryland. We are still seeking presenters for the conference who support our theme of Leading in Transformational Times. Are you a transformational leader? What are you doing to transform your school for your students and teachers? You are encouraged to register and network with others and encourage a colleague to do the same. 

We are excited that State Superintendent Karen Salmon will open our conference with an inspirational keynote and that our Friday speaker, Rick Wormeli, has agreed to do some small sessions as well. This conference is a joint venture with MASSP and all sessions (elementary & secondary) will be open to all participants. 

Watch your email for registration information including our Early Bird date and rate and special team rate.   And feel free to forward registration info to colleagues who may not be members. All are welcome!!

During the holiday season schedules become busier and stress levels begin to rise. It is very important during these times to recognize your staff and students for all of the great things they do every day! Refocus yourself and your school community by celebrating the amazing things that happen and the wonderful people who make those things possible. 




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Executive Director's Message


Stephen Hagenbuch, Executive Director

We’ve had two great Professional Development sessions this past fall! On October 4th in Columbia, MAESP individuals and school teams participated in ‘Teaching the Whole Child: Establishing a Growth Mindset and Social/Emotional Competencies”. Co-Sponsored and presented by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, the full-day workshop earned rave reviews! “A+”. “I liked it all!”. “Fabulous, thank you!”. ‘This was fantastic!”. And the reviews go on and on. Without exception, everyone was very positive. On Tuesday, the 24th of October, a dinner/PD was held at Red Pump Elementary School in Harford County. This session featured Dr. Mike McGrew, School Psychologist in the Carroll County Public Schools. Dr. Mike’s topic? “Challenges of Students with High Intensity Social/Emotional Behavioral Needs”. Are you picking up the pattern? Again, without exception, the evaluations were positive. ‘it was great!”. ‘Good experience!”. ‘I have learned many strategies.”. “Excellent. The presenter owned the topic”. ‘Would like to attend more workshops”. Etc.

So, if you’ve never attended an MAESP conference/workshop/PD session…isn’t it time to do so? You’ll have several more opportunities later this year. The one I want to feature here is our Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge. Slated for March 15th-17th, the Conference opens on Thursday afternoon with our State Superintendent, Dr. Karen Salmon. Rick Wormeli keynotes on Friday and Saturday concludes with additional breakout sessions. You’ll enjoy three days of learning, collaboration, excellent exhibits and some great food too! You might even get a chance to relax a little. If you’ve marked your calendar, we’ll see you there. If you haven’t put this event on your schedule, then get to it! This promises to be one of our best Conferences ever!

If it sounds like we’re trying to get you more involved in your professional association, then you’re reading this correctly. MAESP is here to help you do your job, better! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.  Happy Holidays!



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From the Editor

Terry Ball, Editor

This edition of the Executive Desk, the Fall Wrap is appropriately delivered to you during the season of celebration.  I always appreciate the passion that each of you brings daily to your work as well as your willingness to share your accomplishments and successes. This edition spotlights and celebrates multiple members of MAESP and their accomplishments during the first part of this school year.  

Also highlighted in this edition is information about our annual conference, Leading in Transformational Times, which will be held at the Hyatt Chespeake in Cambridge.  Beth Allshouse and her committee are working diligently to bring participants a conference jammed packed with new information, learning and an opportunity to network with our secondary colleagues.  New this year will be a shared reception with our vendors, sponsors and colleagues from MSSAP on Thursday evening.  Be sure to join us for the information, products, food, music and networking.

Networking opportunities also abound at the NAESP Principals Conference to be held in Orlando this summer.  Check out the NAESP section of the newsletter for additonal informaiton.

Hoping that each of you continues to have a successful and safe second half of the school year!


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MAESP Spotlight


Karen Smith, Principal at St. John's Regional Catholic School Celebrates with Students and Staff

In September, students at St. John's Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland, celebrated twice.  Karen, staff and students celebrated the fact that they had achieved "Gold" status through the Maryland PBIS program as well as the announcement that their school was again named a National Blue Ribbon School.  This is the second time the school has attained Blue Ribbon status.  The first was in 2009.  All are very proud of the accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students.


Crellin Elementary Hosts Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week. At September’s statewide kickoff event, Principal Dr. Dana McCauley, along with students and teachers at Crellin Elementary School, hosted Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder; Garrett County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Baker; and USDA Food Nutrition Services Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Special Nutrition Programs Director Roberta Hodsdon. The students led guests on a tour of the school’s “Sunshine Farm,” where they experienced hands-on work with crops and livestock. Students also had the opportunity to explore the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s “Maryland Ag Products” mobile science lab.

After the tour and brief presentations from federal, state and local officials, the invited guests joined students in the school’s cafeteria for a lunch featuring local products.  Ms. Barbara Baker, Garrett County Superintendent of Schools stated, “We are honored that Garrett County Schools has the opportunity to kick off Home Grown Farm to School Lunch week. Our schools have excellent partnerships with local agricultural groups and we appreciate the chance to showcase them.”

The menu included hamburgers from a cow raised by Kane Edwards, 4th grader at Crellin Elementary, purchased at the Garrett County Fair and donated to Crellin by Railey Mountain Vacation Rentals. The Butcher Block in Oakland processed the meat, which was also supplied to other Garrett County schools. Cherry tomatoes from Garrett Growers were also served.

 “Crellin Elementary was delighted to host this year’s kick-off event. We are proud of the agriculture program we have built and appreciate the support we receive from parents and community partners. Our agriculture projects are designed to incorporate instructional standards in various content areas and daily practices teach sustainability and responsibility. Crellin's ‘Sunshine Farm’, is a great example of a place-based project that gives students real-life experiences,” said Dr. Dana McCauley, Crellin Elementary School Principal.


/Users/ecosentino/Desktop/DEUyDhaXcAArWPJ.jpgEd Costentino, MD Principal and Dr. Kotch, PA Principal

MAESP Member, Edward Costentino, Releases First Book

On October 26, 2017, the book 7 Steps to Sharing your School’s Story on Social Media was released by Routledge’s Eye on Education division.  The book is co-authored by Edward Cosentino, MAESP member and principal of Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Howard County Maryland and Dr. Jason Kotch, principal of Garnet Valley Elementary School in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cosentino and Dr. Kotch met each other at the 2015 NAESP Conference in Long Beach, California.  During that conference, they both attended a few of the same concurrent sessions.  Realizing they had many commonalities, they decided submit a proposal to present at the 2016 NAESP Conference in Washington DC/National Harbor, MD.  They focused on the great potential for social media and the ability to use the tool to tell their schools’ stories.  After their proposal was accepted by NAESP, Mr. Cosentino and Dr. Kotch collaborated throughout the year in preparation for the 2016 conference.  Shortly after their presentation at the 2016 NAESP Conference, they were approached by an editor from the publishing company, Routledge, and encouraged to write the book 7 Steps to Sharing your School’s Story on Social Media.

Mr. Cosentino and Dr. Kotch share how to empower school leaders to use social media through a simple and accessible plan that increases engagement and enhances the school’s vision and mission. The step-by-step guide provides the nuts and bolts, as well as the strategic planning necessary to ensure intentionality and impact of your social media presence. Mr. Cosentino and Dr. Kotch explain how to measure impact and improve your strategies to ensure important information about your school is conveyed accurately clearly, and effectively. Whether you use the 7 steps in order or you’re just looking for some invigorating new ideas, or you want to find new ways to connect, collaborate, and share, there is something for every school leader in this book.

“We have so many wonderful stories to share in our schools,” explained Cosentino.  “This book can help school leaders communicate in a new and innovative way in order to share those amazing stories.”

The book is available to order through Routledge.com or Amazon.  Additionally, follow @7StepStories on Twitter and Facebook and interact with the authors.

/Users/ecosentino/Desktop/9781138048973.jpgEd will also be presenting at the Annual Leadership Conference in March at the Cambridge Hyatt Chesapeake.  Register here.


NAESP Recognized Nation's Top Principals During National Principals Month

MAESP 2017 National Distinguished Principal: The Golden Bell keepsake awarded to each of the 62 National Distinguished Principals is received by Maryland's own Dr. Michael Browne, Worcester County. Congratulations Dr. Browne!

Outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad were named 2017 National Distinguished Principals (NDPs) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The pre-K–8 principals were honored October 13 at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1984, the two-day NDP celebration program, was held at the Capital Hilton Hotel, recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The principals had the opportunity to share best practices. The 62 principal honorees were selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

“Principals create the necessary conditions for providing students with the well-rounded education that they need,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, NAESP’s executive director. “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and their commitment to the children they serve, to their local communities, to their state, and our nation. Working in partnership with classroom teachers and other educators, these principals provide the necessary leadership to improve student achievement and ensure every student has a pathway to success.”

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.    - NAESP Press Release

Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards and Gala In October, MSDE held its 27th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala where Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced the 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year, Joshua Carroll!

Dr. Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrent County Public Schools with Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist Heather Roth.  MAESP Executive Board members dined with both at our MAESP sponsored Gala table.

Garrett County – Heather Roth, Broad Ford & Crellin Elementary Schools, Music


“Sing, Say, Dance, Play!” Heather Roth has passionately guided students in active music-making for 13 years. Her child-centered approach was fostered through her certification in Orff-Schulwerk levels I (2003) and II (2004), leading to the inception of two student-driven ensembles: Crellin’s Rhythm & Rubbish and Broad Ford’s Orff Ensemble. Heather was named Oakland Elk’s Lodge 2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She also serves on the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival education committee, is an officer in the Garrett Choral Society, and is on the executive board of the Garrett County Education Association. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree (2002) and Master’s of Music Degree (2005) at West Virginia University.




Congratulations to our 2017 Maryland Bue Ribbon Schools! 

  • West Towson Elementary, Baltimore County, Susan Hershfeld Principal

  • Urbana Elementary, Frederick County, Tess Blumenthal Principal

  • Waterloo Elementary, Howard County, Sean Martin Principal

  • Bannockburn Elementary, Montgomery County, Kate Bradley Principal

  • Luxmanor Elementary School, Montogmery County, Ryan D. Forkest Principal

  • Fallston Middle School, Harford County, Dr. Anthony Bess, Principal

  • St. John's Regional Catholic School, Frederick County, Karen Smith, Principal

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Each one of these schools is laser-focused on student success, and the results speak for themselves,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “Creative teachers work with engaged and dedicated administrators, parents and the community to develop strong learning environments for their students. We will be proud to nominate these schools for National Blue Ribbon honors.” MSDE Bulletin








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Susan Myers

Greetings Maryland Administrators!

Hoping everyone had a wonderful school opening and your year quickly settled into a nice rhythm. This is the time of the year that we become deeply involved in classroom walkthroughs, observations, and writing and approving SLO’s.  With all the tasks we have, it is important to remember our responsibility to foster leadership skills in the aspiring leaders in your building.    Invite teacher leaders to attend your principal meetings or encourage them to visit and shadow other administrators in your district.  It is so important to build the capacity and engage our teacher-leaders in the exciting job of being a principal!

Continue to share the wonderful resources available to administrators on the NAESP website.  This is a great opening conversation for encouraging administrators in your district to join MAESP/NAESP.  Encouraging and recruiting new memberships is an important job for all to keep our organization strong.  Thank you for all you do!


NAESP Welcomes Danny Carlson, New Director of Policy and Advocacy



The National Association of Elementary School Principals announced December 17  that Danny Carlson will serve as the Association’s Assistant Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy, and Special Projects. Carlson’s 10 years of pre-K–12 policy experience at federal, state, and district levels will help reinforce NAESP’s mission to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment for all children. In this role, Carlson will guide NAESP’s advocacy and legislative initiatives and strategic alliances to advance the Association’s policy agenda.

“We are extremely excited to have a person of Danny Carlson’s experience and ability lead NAESP’s critically important policy and advocacy endeavors,” said NAESP’s executive director, Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE. “His enthusiastic personality and vast experiences on Capitol Hill and in the educational policy and advocacy arena, coupled with NAESP’s commitment to aid our members in their quest to provide every child with a well-rounded, complete and world-class educational experience, will ensure that NAESP remains America’s premier association for elementary and middle-level school administrators.”

Prior to joining NAESP, Carlson was a policy analyst for the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices. In that role, he oversaw the Education Division’s K–12 human capital work, advancing policies to address principal challenges in their states.

“Principals are critical to building high-quality learning environments and promoting student achievement,” said Carlson. “I look forward to joining the NAESP team and advocating on behalf of elementary and middle-level principals nationwide.”

Before joining NGA, Carlson served for three years as an education advisor for a United States Senator and was responsible for advancing her K–12 education agenda. In that capacity, he developed provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) designed to improve principal and teacher recruitment and retention, address chronic absenteeism, and boost opportunities for STEM education.

Because principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning, NAESP advocates for resources and training for every elementary and middle-level principal to create optimum conditions for a well-rounded and complete education for every student. For more information about NAESP’s advocacy program, visit www.naesp.org/advocacy.


The Great Conversation

By L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

Horace Mann, educator, politician, and the first great American advocate of public education, stated, “Education ... beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” My experience affirms Mann’s declaration: I believe in public education; I am a product of public education; I would never have had the opportunities afforded me had it not been for public education. I am not alone in these convictions; countless of my fellow educators have shared similar anecdotes about the impact of public education on their lives.

How do we transform the dialogue about public education from the anecdotal to the tactical, creating capacity for support? It must begin with those of us who are involved in, believe in, and are passionate about the institution telling good news stories. If we are not willing to stand up and speak out in support of the power of public education, how can we expect those not involved to follow suit?

In his book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools (2010), author and educa­tion consultant Jamie Vollmer describes what he calls the “Great Conversation,” which he believes, and I whole-heartedly agree, needs to take place in our school buildings and school districts. “The people working in America’s public schools are often the largest and, potentially, most powerful force in the community,” he writes. To recalibrate the conversation about public education, he recommends following these simple-to-understand and easy-to-execute steps.

  • Shift your attention from the negative to the positive.
  • Stop bad-mouthing one another in public.
  • Use your social networks to share something positive.
  • Monitor progress.

According to Vollmer, we have everything we need to participate in this dialogue; we must only take the first step. “Each of us is already immersed in our own vibrant social networks that can act as conduits for our message. By adding this simple but essential ingredient, and without breaking the budget, every district is perfectly positioned to set the stage to unfold the full potential of every child,” he writes.

School building and school system administrators, as supporters of public education, must become passionately engaged in this “Great Conversation.” As you have seen from the political climate at both the state and federal levels, times are changing. We simply cannot afford to sit idly by and allow public education objectors to dismantle what Horace Mann referred to as “the greatest discovery made by man.”

To ensure the continuation of a thriving public education system, we must amplify our message about our passion for students and the successful instructional strategies that are making a difference in their lives. In short, we must join the conversation and tell our own success stories about the impact of public education. Our students deserve it.

L. Earl Franks is Executive Director of NAESP.

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Vice Presidential Candidates Release Goal Statements

Learn more about the candidates in the 2018 NAESP Election for Vice President.

Input Welcome: Updates to the NAESP Platform and Resolutions

Members can offer feedback on the platform, which shapes NAESP’s advocacy agenda, until Jan. 22, 2018.

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Calendar of Events

MAESP Annual Leadership Conference

"Leading in Transformational Times" is the theme of this year's conferecence to be held March 15 - 17, 2018 in Cambridge MD.  Join us for sessions for aspiring leaders, new administrators, experienced administrators, teacher leaders, coaches and supervisors!  Keynote speakers include Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools; Rick Wormeli, educator, author, and speaker.  Early Bird registration through February 1st; team rates available.  Aspiring Leaders' sessions on Thursday for a registration fee of only $50.00.  Informal golf outing, 5 K Walk/Run and more

National Leaders Conference

National Leaders Conference - March 26-29, 2017 - Washington, DC

NAESP’s National Leaders Conference (NLC) gathers nearly 200 elementary and middle-level principal leaders from across the country in the nation’s capital to sharpen their leadership skills and advocate for schools on Capitol Hill. This year’s meeting will be held March 18-21 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Principals will also have the opportunity to meet with their Congressional representatives regarding federal education policy.   


NAESP National Principals Conference

#NAESP18 is headed to sunny Orlando—at the Marriott World Center! and @NAESP believes that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the #NAESP Pre-K-8 Principals Conference.
Here are FIVE reasons you should attend #NAESP18! READ MORE: The Why

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Annual Conference Update: Spring 2017

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Cambridge, Maryland

"Leading in Transformational Times"


Rick Wormeli 

From Official Bio:

One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 36 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers and principals.  Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and theWashington Post.  He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine, and a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Education Leadership magazine.  He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and BeyondFair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated ClassroomDifferentiation: From Planning to Practice, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject, published by ASCD.  His book, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, is collection of his published articles, guest bloggings, and more through 2013.  His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD’s best-selling series, “At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.”

“Teacher Motivation: Changing the Culture of the Building” 

Breakout Session:

“Grading and Assessment”

Dr. Karen Salmon, Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools

Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools became Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on June 1, 2016 and became State Superintendent of Schools on July 1.  She joined the State Department of Education last year, first as Assistant State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness and soon thereafter as Interim State Superintendent for School Effectiveness.

Immediately prior to joining MSDE, Dr. Salmon served as Superintendent of Schools on the Bay Shore Union Free School District in Bay Shore, NY.  

Dr. Salmon spent more than 30 years as an educator on Maryland's Eastern Shore, beginning her career as a special education teacher in the Caroline County Public Schools.  She later became a vocational coordinator and an assistant principal in the Caroline schools before moving to Talbot County as Coordinator of Services for Exceptional Children.  Dr. Salmon became Assistant Superintendent of the Talbot County schools in 1997 and Superintendent in 2003.

Named the Maryland Superintendent of the Year in 2012, Dr. Salmon is the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout her educational career.  Dr. Salmon holds a Ph.D. in Special Education/Administration from the University of Maryland College Park, as well as a Masters in Special Education from the same institution.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Delaware.



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